So yesterday I was chatting with Wynthea, the Full of Win, from over at World of Matticus, and she asked me about all of these alts of mine. Specifically, she asked:
How can you afford so many alts? I’m working on one now, and it’s expensive!
So after a long conversation, I figured I’d cheat and turn it into a blog post!
How do I afford so many alts? Well..
- I have a banker, and she manages all my money. My individual characters keep a few hundred gold (maximum, frequently less than that) and anything extra gets sent to the bank. This keeps all my cash in a manageable place, and helps me to plan ahead for big expenses.
- The addon “Auditor” (which has a FuBar plugin, and with FuBar-to-Broker, works with Fortress/LibDataBroker) – lets me manage who has how much money, and where its coming from. I also use Informant (part of the Auctioneer suite, you can download it separately if you scroll down) to help me manage what quest rewards to pick up if there’s not an upgrade – that way I can pick the one that sells for the most! I have Auctioneer load only for my banker, and all I do with it is scan the auction house.
- I have synergistic professions, and all of my mains have gathering capabilities.
- Aely is an elixir specialized alchemist/herbalist, meaning I never buy flasks or elixirs (on any of my raiding mains, or on any of my alts). I will occasionally buy Annie a couple of stacks of health potions, but usually I’m pretty potion/elixir self-sufficient. Since all of my characters that need elixirs/flasks right now are casters, I can safely sell any Icethorn and Adders Tongue I get while farming (at 30-40g a stack).
- Annorah is an engineer, with a zapthrottle mote extractor, and a miner. Between her gas-cloud extraction and mining, along with Aely’s herbalism, the only Eternals I have trouble getting are Eternal Shadow. I rarely sell these right now, but once I get a sufficient stash, they’ll start going on the AH as well.
- Anaelle is an enchanter/tailor – all of my greens from leveling any of the other characters get sent to her for sharding (with the occasional weapon sold for extra cash). So far, I’ve not had to buy enchanting mats for Aely or Annorah, and she’s slowly leveling up to be able to make the spellthreads I need. She’s also my frostweave sink right now.
- Angoleth is a leatherworker/skinner, and for the most part just makes leg armor kits, but once she’s leveled up, I’ll use her for farming some of the rarer materials to put on the auction house.
- Annylais is a scribe – and once I get her to level 65, will be able to make just about everything from the trainers, including weapon/armor vellums, so I can do my own enchants.
- My little alts are, for the most part, on their own for money – the greens they pick up are sent to my banker to sell, and in return they get cash for mounts/big purchases. I very very rarely buy anything on the AH for them, and if I do, it’s likely something like new weapons for Annie (since she’s so weapon dependent). Annie Mae is an up and coming blacksmith, which will fill out all of my crafting professions except jewelcrafting.
- I have trade alliances. Which is to say, my husband is a Jewelcrafter, and I am an Alchemist. He cuts gems for me (for free) and I make flasks for him (for free). This way, I rarely go for more than a day or two with a new piece of gear without it having gems in the sockets.
- All of my characters can cook, and Aely is approaching 450 and the chef title. Aely and Anaelle both have 400+ fishing. If I need food, I fish it up/farm it up and cook it myself. Having two characters doing the cooking daily means I’m not usually too short on Northern Spices (though Annorah’s current fascination with Worg Tartare is dipping my reserves a little low).
So I guess the reason I can afford so many alts is that I simply have enough high level alts that I can be pretty much self sufficient and hardly ever buy anything from the auction house!
Now that I have all the systems in place, it doesn’t take me long to keep up with (two characters doing cooking dailies, etc), and for the most part, I farm only for what I need when my resources are getting low.
Also, having some tools to manage my money (and keeping big purchases limited to my banker) helps me be more realistic about costs – and plan ahead for things like Annylais’ epic ground and flying mounts and Anaelle’s epic flyer. It also helps me save things (like Unidentified Plant Parts for Cenarion rep in Zangarmarsh) for future alts, so they don’t go to waste.
Most notably, I suppose, is that I don’t use Auctioneer other than for the scanning ability (I don’t use any of the advanced functions – while they are great for people that enjoy speculative financial ventures, I just don’t find that much fun, so I’m content with my simplistic methods). It helps me keep track of average prices for my server without having to spend a lot of time – which is what I’d end up doing if I started playing with the more extensive functions of that addon. Auctioneer is a great resource and much smarter people have written up how to get the most out of it – I’m not really into that, so I just use my simple things, and I’m successful enough for me.
So good luck, happy farming, and may the Loot-Fu be with you!
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